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Archive for November, 2012

EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Genomics -Wed, Nov. 14, 2012, 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Spotlight!  on NLM Resources -Genomics  -Wed, Nov. 14,  2012, 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT.  John Bramble will be presenting.    Have you said to yourself…”I wish I could do more with my PubMed searches, especially in the area of gene research, so I can WOW the researchers and clinicians I do literature searches for”?   If you have or if you are simply interested in this topic, this Spotlight on NLM Resources is one you should not miss. You will learn simple strategies for using PubMed that will also yield search results from the Gene database.  You will also learn about how you can bone up on your knowledge of genetic research by learning about the educational resources in the new GeneEd database and, one that’s been around for awhile, Genetics Home Reference.

Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE.   NOTE URL: Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided.  Questions to (mm)



Health Information 101: Registration Deadline Thursday Nov 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association Division of the American Library Association.
During this six week course, we’ll demystify and decode medical terminology then learn the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. We’ll learn how to systematically evaluate a health website then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information.

We need to be well-versed in the business of healthcare and we’ll learn about PPACA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HealthIT and HITECH, Meaningful Use, Physician and Hospital Rankings & Ratings, and the Personal Health Record.
And finally, we’ll discuss health literacy issues and how to create partnerships with hospital and academic medical librarians through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Health Information 101 is asynchronous. This allows participants to work through course material at times convenient to them. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the instructor.

This course was designed with public librarians in mind, however primary, secondary and academic librarians will find this course useful too.

For more information

To register online

Feel free to forward this message on to other interested parties. /ch

What you may have missed on @nnlmmcr: October 1 – 31, 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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October 20-31, 2012

Patient engagement improvements using technology – more data from coming from the patient
All new tricks, but no treats for Google Gmail
NEJM Article: Evidence-Based Medicine in the EMR Era
DoD, VA To Expand Health Data Exchange Pilot
Pharmacies take more active role in alerts on patients’ drugs
Google Announces Three New Devices – Competition for Apple?
Sending employees to hospitals far from home in the name of less expensive and better care
Nice “comic” presentation on Open Access:
Florida community wired up as ‘living laboratory’ for longitudinal wellness study
NIHSenior Health offers information on stroke including risk factors, warning signs, prevention, and diagnosis
10 Questions You Should Know: For Patients, Family and You!
Do you have a teen driver at home, or still drive like one?
Deconstructing the new OTC label for consumers and patients
Which Types of Social Media Platforms Do Surveyed Hospitals and Health Systems Use?
Older patients join crowd consulting Dr. Internet
Nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using the everyday health information – resources and more @
12 Key Issues Hospitals Will Face in 2013
Why should a person participate in a clinical trial? The NIH answers that question here with personal stories
The October 2012 issue of The Plains to Peaks Post, newsletter of the NN/LM MCR is now available.

October 10-19, 2012

Get persistent digital identifier from ORCID that distinguishes you from other researchers. More info frm yr librarian
A bra that can detect #breastcancer based on thermal fingerprint of cancer tissue in final stages of testing.
Patient engagement = better health outcomes, right? So, where are the PHR tools?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away unless it’s an Apple iPad, which might be bring docs & patients closer together.
What is the future of using biometric to identify patients? Is Patient ID Technology going to stick?
NIH launches free database of drugs associated with liver injury. Find out more
Today is Ada Lovelace Day – Celebrate Women in #Science! Learn more about #AdaLoveLace –
Minorities and women often receive lower quality health care than their White and male counterparts. Find out more
What did your hands come in contact with today? Celebrate Global Handwashing Day
Is your iPad a pain in the neck? Read on.
New research suggests that early-life exposure to antibiotics affects gut microbes and changes how food is metabolized.
NIH launches LiverTox a free database of drugs linked to liver injury
See what the largest increases in salary in 2013 will be for those with information careers
This article does a nice job of outlining how docs are using digital media to interact with their patients
From the NLM: GeneEd Web is a safe & useful resource for students & teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn about genetics.

October 1-9, 2012

NIH Grantees Win 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
3 big trends for the EHR cloud
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Tomorrow, Oct. 9 is National Day Without Stigma. Check out the community action plan
Nobel prize winners lay foundation for new era of personalized medicine
Medicare’s Pay For Performance Effort Begins, Targeting Quality and Readmissions
Patients, MDs Divided by IT Chasm
October is #HealthLiteracy Month! How can you get involved and improve #HealthLiteracy?
The American College of Surgeons was formed in 1913, for the 100th anniversary the ACS launched an interactive timeline
Documentary probes question: does increased access to healthcare lead to better health outcomes?


NLM Launches Hurricane Sandy Web Page

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center has compiled a list of health information resources onto one “SuperStorm” Sandy web page. Please make use of the web page and share with others. On this page you will find links to overviews, state specific pages, cleanup and recovery information, mental health information, multi-language resources, social media information, apps and widgets, and more. ( /ch

NLM Associate Fellowship – recruiting for 2013-2014

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career. Applications and additional information are available on the web ( Application deadline is February 1, 2013. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program. Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2013. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Please consider applying or forward to interested parties and library school contacts. /ch


Advocacy Discussion Group to start in December, 2012

Monday, November 5th, 2012

A ten week online Advocacy discussion group will start during the first week of December, 2012.  The group will be reading “Winning the Story Wars” by Jonah Sachs. It is a thought provoking book that is guaranteed to generate lots of ideas and discussion.  Plan now to engage in a lively dialogue with your colleagues on how stories impact our profession!

To register for the group go to and complete the registration questionnaire.  Registrations must be submitted by November 19.  MLA CE credit is being sought for this activity. (bbj)

Knowledge Management Workshop Scheduled for February 7-8, 2012

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Knowledge Management in Hospitals:

Developing a team to test and ensure success.

This 1.5 day workshop will explore how corporate knowledge management techniques and processes are applied in a hospital/health system. Multidisciplinary participants will work together to craft a strategy to adopt an expanded role for librarians in hospital/health system. This expanded role will establish a foundation for librarians to support the clinical environment by providing excellent knowledge management techniques and processes.

The purpose of the interactive workshop is to:

  • Engage participants to explore how a corporate-modeled knowledge management process can be enabled in hospitals.
  • Provide opportunities for institutional teams to work together to design tests to measure project success and use these results to champion knowledge transfer within their health facility.
  • Craft a description of optimal roles for medical librarians and others in knowledge management.
  • Share examples of participation in knowledge transfer in hospitals from both the traditional and expansive views to craft a list of model activities. Tactics currently in the field include: building expertise directories, managing communities of practice, collecting and sharing best practices and stories to support clinical and organizational improvement.
  • Draft processes to implement these tactics to illustrate an expanded application of the expertise of information professionals, break down silos, share experiences and sustain organizational learning.
  • Define an implementation plan for this role that includes measurement of its impact on the quality and safety of health care.
  • Engage participants in evaluation in order to change and improve the role of librarians as partners in healthcare safety and quality.

Participants should commit to:

  • Complete a modest amount of pre-work to prepare for the session.
    • Light introductory reading.
    • Participate in two Adobe Connect sessions focusing on the goals of the work and core concepts to be applied in the workshop.
  • Engage with others in a positive way to ensure group interaction and consensus building.
  • Partner with other teams to run a post-workshop pilot test of tactics described using the Plan-Do-Study Act concept.
  • Conduct a pilot project and report back in several conference calls to the group on progress and share “lessons learned” as a to sustain the learning and inform progress.

Audience: This session is designed for pairs of individuals from hospitals who are interested in the application of knowledge management and transfer concepts in their organization. One member of the team must/should be a librarian. This strategy will build a pair of champions to support uptake of how knowledge management can be applied in the acute care setting through modeling hospital corporate culture. There will be a simple application process to interested parties.


 Date:  February 7-8, 2013

Co-Sponsors: NN/LM MidContinental Region and NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

Registration:   Register at  Registrations must be received by December 1, 2012.

Cost:                Three pair of applicants from each region will be selected to receive travel expenses to attend.

Location:         University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences.

The session will be limited to 30 participants to facilitate effective small group work.

For questions contact: Lorri Zipperer, Cybrarian and meeting facilitator. / 505-559-4458


Funded by the National Library of Medicine under a Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00005-C with the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences and

Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00006C

with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (bbj)


We’re Still Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month

Monday, November 5th, 2012

National Medical Librarians Month is over but we don’t feel like we’ve celebrated long enough, so we’re keeping the pictures and descriptions of activities by medical librarians front and center in our new snazzy slide show.  Check out our front page at NN/LM MCR ( These are projects that you’ve sent us or described in a poster presented at the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting. See what your colleagues have been doing; send your constituents here so they’ll have a better idea of our profession. /ch, jb

November Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The November 2012 issue of the NIH News in Health is now available. In this issue learn about the causes of gastritis, the bodies good and bad microbes, and research studying how the brain rids itself of waste. [da]